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Grand Traverse Distillery

Closed Now: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nice stop for a local whiskey cocktail

We've stopped here a couple times and have always liked the service and drinks. It's more or less... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
NormanC679
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McAllen, Texas
Good time at the Grand Traverse Distillery

My son and I signed up for the tour and tasting while we were in Traverse City. They have really... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2019
Tim S
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Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan's oldest craft distillery and we are family owned. We use 100% locally grown wheat, rye, corn and barley to distill our award winning spirits which include the True North Vodkas [Rye, Wheat, Cherry, Chocolate...more
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781 Industrial Cir, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686-8942
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We've stopped here a couple times and have always liked the service and drinks. It's more or less a store front for the distillery located elsewhere, but the bartenders seem to be part of the business in explaining the products. Nice atmosphere. Only crackers and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NormanC679
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Norman Thanks for your post and coming in to visit us and have cocktails! Your correct, we do not serve food, just a few items to snack on. With so much good food around our tasting room we decided to concentrate on educating customers...More

Reviewed September 23, 2019

My son and I signed up for the tour and tasting while we were in Traverse City. They have really terrific spirits and the tour was interesting. It is a small craft distiller so you get to check thing out up close.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tim S
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2019

Hello Tim Thanks for taking time to review your tour and add the kind comments concerning out spirits. We enjoy walking people through the process of taking local grain and turning them into great spirits. Cheers and come back soon Kent

Reviewed September 4, 2019

Not the best I have had, a lot of burn to it. Not much of a tour and gentleman seemed kind of cranky, and put out that he had to do it.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lovestodrink
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2019

Hello Sorry to hear of your experience. We usually get great reviews of our tours so I am also disappointed in hearing this. Can you help me by sending to info@grandtraversedistillery.com what day you visited the tasting room. I would also like to send you...More

Reviewed August 31, 2019

Beautiful area of Michigan. Good whiskey, would have been great if not for worker spilling half of my glass on my pants. Would recommend.More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mitch J
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2019

Hi Mitch Sorry about the spill and hope they cleaned up. Not what you were expecting on a visit to our tasting room. Hope our staff did everything they could to help you. Thanks for coming in and next trip I am sure you will...More

Reviewed August 24, 2019

Our family (kids age ranges from 5 to 16) really enjoyed this tour of the Grand Traverse Distillery. The owner himself took us around and was very informative and passionate. All the products are made with such care and real knowledge of the processes. There...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank stollfam
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2019

Hello I remember your family and glad you hear you all enjoyed the tour. There is a lot of science behind what we do and we enjoy opening people up to how a real distillery opperates and what happens in production. Milling, mashing, fermentation, distilling...More

Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

Purchased a bottle of both bourbon and rye for a good friend of mine who enjoys both. May have been some of the worst he's tried. I tried some myself and feel the same. Very disappointed. This was and overpriced gift thst didn't go over...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2019

Hello Our bourbon just was awarded the best of bourbon in the Midwest and our rye whiskey has won many gold medals. I would like to find out what was wrong with the bottles you purchased so please send reach out and we will figure...More

Reviewed August 5, 2019

We came to do the distillery tour for my bachelor party as I'm a big whiskey guy. It was cool seeing their operation and learning a few unexpected things about some of the other spirits they make. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, had a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Louielazr
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2019

Hello Louie Thanks for coming in and congratulations again on the upcoming wedding! Our staff enjoys showing off the distillery and we try to help people understand better how spirits should be made, grain to bottle not purchasing and bottling as some do. Hope you...More

Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

We went out to the distillery to avoid the chaos downtown from the film festival. The older gentleman in side was very personable. I tried a chocolate vodka mixed with cream soda that was awesome. He kept filling a cup with cream soda for my...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2019

Hi Shannon Thanks for taking time to visit us and your review! Kids are welcome here and our staff tries to help parents as they can. When downtown TC is busy the distillery is a great choice plus you get the real distillery experience because...More

Reviewed July 29, 2019

The people were fantastic, the tour was fascinating, and the liquor was top notch. I walked away not only entertained and informed, but with a far greater appreciation for the distillery process and the wonderful outputs we can enjoy because of it! Thank you!More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank anne1976
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2019

Hi Anne Thanks for coming to see the distillery and taking the tour! We try to educate customers on what a grain to bottle distillery looks like. With so many merchant distillers in the market place (a merchant purchases 100% of its products from a...More

Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

Fun, entertaining and interesting. The tasting at the end of the tour was well worth it. They went above and beyond.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Kelly R
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2019

Hello Kelly Thanks!! Our staff loves showing off the distillery and educating customers on how spirits should be made, grain to bottle all in one building. No purchasing other peoples spirits and bottling and marketing..... Cheers and come back soon Kent

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Angelia W
April 28, 2017|
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Response from Kent195713383 | Property representative |
Hi Angelia It is a great and simple cocktail to make at home. We use 6oz of Simply Lemonade and 2oz of our Cherry Vodka over a glass of ice! Enjoy Kent
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skakebabe
March 23, 2017|
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Response from Kent195713383 | Property representative |
Hello We are not able to ship any spirits directly to customers. We are required to go through a distributor in each state. What state are you in? Thanks Kent
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ThistleFells
March 29, 2015|
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Response from torchlake99 | Property representative |
Hello The product you are asking about is not made by Grand Traverse Distillery here in Traverse City. There is a company called Traverse City Whiskey Company that has a cherry whiskey, it is not made in Traverse City. You... More
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